8 Dec 2011 1 Comment
According to NATO, SNMG-2 has passed through the Suez Canal some time between December 2nd and today and the task force consisting of Turkish flagship F-491 TCG Giresun and Italian frigate F-571 ITS Grecale is sailing to Djibouti to join Task Force 508.
TCG GIRESUN, the new flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 recently rendezvoused in the eastern Mediterranean with Italian frigate ITS GRECALE.
The Group has now passed through passed the Suez Canal and is sailing to Djibouti to join Task Force 508.
SNMG 2 is a multinational integrated maritime force that forms part of the NATO Response Force and operates under the command of the Allied Maritime Command in Naples. Permanently activated and held at high readiness, it is a mobile and flexible force that allows the Alliance to respond to today’s security challenges. SNMG2 is currently under the command of Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Turkish Navy.
According to Turkish Navy, after the rendezvous in Djibouti the composition of Task Force 508 will be as follows:
|F-491||TCG Giresun (Flagship)||Turkey||Frigate|
|FFG-45||USS De Wert||USA||Frigate|
|A-387||HMS Fort Victoria||UK||Replenishment Tanker|